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National Seaweek 2013 will be launched at 2pm on St Kilda Beach on Monday the 4th of March with an event bringing together the Ocean Ark Alliance, the Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA),  and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC).

Seaweek is a national MESA initiative conducted annually to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of our marine and coastal environments. Each year a different theme is chosen. Aligning with the 2013 theme of ‘Sustainable Seas’, The Ocean Ark Alliance is launching the $50,000 Ocean Acidification Art Challenge for Victorian School Students.

 

Funded by Peter Hannan Eye on the World Natural Images, it has been created to stimulate a deeper understanding of Ocean Acidification and encourage wider environmental responsibility. Australia’s largest environmental art show, the art challenge is free to enter. The $50,000 prize money comes in the form of School Environmental Project Grants and Student Study Grants.

Students from a range of Victorian schools will work with artists and Marine educators to create an interactive piece of art that communicates this sleeping climate issue, sometimes referred to as “The other CO2 challenge”. The Australian Youth Climate Coalition will provide a colourful background canvas, drawing attention to their Climate Game Change campaign, calling on Environment Minister Tony Burke to put an end to Queensland coal port expansions threatening the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate Scientists, Marine Educators and AYCC campaigners will be available for interviews and provide a scientifically accurate introduction to the interactive student artwork guided by teachers and artists.

Competition details and information about Seaweek is available now at www.OceanAcidification.net      www.MESA.edu.au          http://aycc.org.au/

For more media information and additional images contact:

John Warburton – Communications Director – 0411 540 081 or [email protected]      
Andrew Vance- MESA Vice President - 0438 201 725 [email protected]